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Monday, 16 April 2018 14:53

Black Lightning, new Warner Archive/Kino Studio Classics titles, plus RIP Milos Forman & R Lee Ermey

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All right, we’re kicking off the new week with some release news today before we get busy with Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD review work...

First up, Lionsgate has set Spinning Man for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/12, starring Guy Pierce, Pierce Brosnan, and Minnie Driver. They also have the comedy Valentina’s Wedding (La Boda De Valentina) coming on DVD only on 5/8.

Universal has set The Strangers: Prey at Night – Unrated for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/12, with the Digital release expected on 5/22. Universal is also releasing The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, and The Purge: Election Year as 4K Ultra HD single editions on 6/12. These were previously only available in The Purge: 3-Movie Collection on the format. We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Black Lightning: The Complete First Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/26. Also coming from the studio on DVD and Digital only on 6/12 is Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City – Season One, Volume Two. [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile, the Warner Archive has announced the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) and Gun Crazy (1949), in addition to the recently revealed The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) and Dark of the Sun (1968).

Cohen Media Group has set Ziad Doueiri’s Middle East drama The Insult for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/1.

Kino Lorber has just announced that they’re releasing Jack the Giant Killer (1962) and Gross Anatomy (1989) on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/12 as part of their Studio Classics line-up. Jack will include both the original 94-minute cut and the 91-minute musical version. They also have Under Capricorn (1949), Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window (1945), and I, Jane Doe (1948) coming on both formats on 6/19, as well as Miracles (1986) and Disorganized Crime (1989) coming on both formats on 6/26.

Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release Disney Channel’s Zombies on DVD only on 4/24.

And Well Go USA has set The Monkey King 3 for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 5/15.

In other news today, Kaleidoscope in the UK has uncovered (and is screening) May 1967 footage of Adam West as Batman doing a filmed UK PSA about traffic safety and the “Kerb” Drill for children. You can see more here via BBC News. West, man. That guy was really a gem of a human being.

And we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the passing, over the weekend, of the legendary director Miloš Forman, of Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hair, Ragtime, Man on the Moon, and The People vs. Larry Flint fame. He was 86. You can read more here at The New York Times.

Sadly, we must also recognize the passing of actor R. Lee Ermey, best known as the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, though other notable film roles include Toy Story 1-3, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Seven. He was 74. You can read more here via NY Times.

And we also acknowledge the passing of actor Tim O’Connor, perhaps best known for his role in TV’s Peyton Place, though I’ll always remember him most fondly for playing Dr. Huer in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. He was 90. Again, you can read more here.

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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